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Hibbert scores 26 as Pacers beat Clippers 109-106 for 5th straight win

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    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, has his shot rejected by Indiana Pacers forward David West during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Monday, April 1, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (The Associated Press)

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    Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, left, dunks as Los Angeles Clippers forward Caron Butler watches during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Monday, April 1, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (The Associated Press)

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    Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, left, shoots Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes defends during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Monday, April 1, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (The Associated Press)

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    Indiana Pacers guard D.J. Augustin, center, goes up for a shot as Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom, left, and center Ryan Hollins defend during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Monday, April 1, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (The Associated Press)

Roy Hibbert had 26 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out, Paul George added 23 points and 10 assists, and the Indiana Pacers barely completed a sweep of their four-game road trip with a 109-106 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night in a battle of division leaders.

Hibbert, who was serving a one-game suspension from the league when the Pacers lost to the Clippers 99-91 at Indianapolis on Feb. 28, made all eight of his shots in the first half and finished 11 for 14 from the field to help his team extend its winning streak to five and increase its Central Division lead to 6 1/2 games over idle Chicago.

All five Pacers starters scored in double figures, with David West getting 16 and backcourt mates Lance Stephenson and George Hill chipping in with 13 apiece.